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May 12, 2021

Big Mac equals big stomach

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I object to the idea of having yet another set of golden arches in the Tweed Shire, this time at the entrance to Murwillumbah. Tweed Shire already has two outlets in Tweed Centro and Chinderah. How many more do we need?

One only needs to look around Murwillumbah to see that obesity is still a problem. Introducing another a junk-food outlet would only exacerbate this problem.

A couple of months ago a friend and I travelled down the coast. Feeling hungry, my friend insisted on patronising a McDonald’s. I groaned but relented and purchased a Big Mac. It was the worst hamburger I had ever had! I could not find anything nutritional about it and I felt sick for some time after.

One outlet that would be affected by a McDonald’s is the take-away establishment opposite the Murwillumbah railway station. The last time I was there I was served up a real hamburger, with the works. It was a good healthy burger, not containing some suspect pattie with a smattering of shredded lettuce, a couple of sliced gherkins and McDonald’s ‘special sauce’, whatever that is.

What I find particularly deceptive are the photo displays of McDonald’s burgers, which look nothing like what is served up!

I am disappointed that the majority of councillors voted with economics in mind, rather than the health of the town’s young citizens.

Peter Conde, Murwillumbah


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